Countess de Brionne
The duchess made a gift of precious stones to the countess on her marriage in 1748. They were neighbours on the Place du Carrousel (see the map of Paris in 'Resources') and related through the duchess's second husband Emmanuel-Maurice, the duke d'Elbeuf. It is also possible that the duchess's extensive modernisation work to her Hôtel was in part an effort to keep up with the Brionnes, who had made significant upgrades to their own property back in the 1730s. The Hôtel de Brionne was seized by the state after the countess emigrated, and from May 1793 served as the offices of the Committee of General Security.
Appears in these Letters:
22 July: Revolutionary Paris in July 1789
The duchess reflects on events in the Revolution so far and the rising power of Paris's new municipal government. She castigates a...